A couple of dental assistants at your local dentist are now taking your $500 and using it to make a dentistry vacation.
Dental assistants are getting an increased amount of credit towards dental school and also getting discounts on dental care, according to a new survey by the National Association of Dental Assistants.
The association found that dental assistants who participated in a dental vacation were more likely to be employed and receive higher salaries than those who did not participate in the dental vacation.
“Dental assistants have been in the spotlight for a long time and now the profession is receiving recognition for what it can do,” said Joanne Brown, the president and CEO of the association.
“The dental profession is on the rise, but this is a great example of how the dental profession can be an employer that can really help those who need it.”
Dental assistant programs have grown significantly in recent years, with more than 200,000 full-time dental assistants in the U.S. according to the association, up from just about 100,000 in 2003.
The increase in dental assistants has been driven in part by rising costs for patients.
Dents are the most common type of dental surgery in the United States and cost an average of $10,500, according the association’s survey.
But the dental assistants are now earning less money.
“People are finding it’s not worth it anymore to pay $1,000 per visit to a dentist,” said Brown.
“That’s the new trend, and I think that’s going to change the way we think about dental work.”
The survey also found that dentists are seeing an increase in patients seeking help for dental issues, and the average amount spent on dental treatment in the state has increased by more than 50 percent over the past 10 years.
Brown says the survey highlights the value of a dental visit for those looking for a second career.
“We are a dental assistant profession that is incredibly well-trained,” Brown said.
The association surveyed more than 10,000 dental assistants to see how many had taken advantage of the dental holidays. “
So that’s why the research shows the dental assistant is a really good hire for those seeking a second job.”
The association surveyed more than 10,000 dental assistants to see how many had taken advantage of the dental holidays.
It found that about one-third of the dentists surveyed had taken a vacation in the past year.
In addition to the vacation credit, more than half of dentists also received dental care discounts.
The survey found that 47 percent of dentistry assistants were receiving dental care at least once a week, compared to 45 percent in the 1990s.
The dental assistants also reported an average yearly income of $35,000, up about $20,000 from about $27,000 a year ago.
Brown hopes the survey will help dentists continue to attract new dental students and also help dentistry programs recruit more full-service dentists.
“When you’re talking about a dental trip, people are paying a lot of attention to your dental health and how they’re going to be treating you,” Brown added.
“I think that would be a great time to look at a dental program and see if it’s worth it for your health and that’s where this survey is going to come in.”
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